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5-year jail for road accident deaths

MNA Exclusive Desk: The cabinet has given its final approval to a draft of the Road Transport Act 2018 that raises the maximum sentence for deaths from road accidents to five years from three in prison and fines.

The approval was given at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday.

Under the proposed law, if death through road crash is proved as intentional murder then the offenders will be punished as per the Penal Code.

While talking to reporters after the meeting, Roads and Highway Department secretary Nazrul Islam said earlier the highest punishment for the crime was three years’ imprisonment, and now it has been increased to five years.

Under the proposed law, it is a non-bailable offence while it was bailable one in the previous law, he said.

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